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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • This resource includes an interactive map, graph, and table that show the total greenhouse gas emission for countries throughout the world, starting from 1965.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions – from carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and F-gases – are summed up and measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides three different ways for students to explore data (chart, map, table).
  • The data can be customized to view different countries and time periods.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners need to be familiar with the concept of gas emissions.
  • The dataset and images are available to download.


  • This resource can be used as a practical application of the uses of line graphs learned in Mathematics.
  • Students can easily compare emissions from their home country to other countries around the world.
  • In geography or social studies classes, students can explore characteristics of high-emission and low-emission countries and seek to identify trends.
  • Teachers can ask students to identify which countries they believe are most responsible for climate change based on the emissions data. This can open a conversation about justice and moral responsibility.
Scientist Notes

This resource outlines total Global CO2 emissions aggregated from selected countries. Ideally, Global warming potentials calculated within a period of 100 years were taken into account to get the sum of CO2 equivalent expressed in tonnes. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • HS.ESS3.5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
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